9 Things I Would Like to Try

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1. A fancy honeymoon. El Hub and I just had our second anniversary. With our jobs and whatnot we never went on a fancy honeymoon. I can’t complain, but I’d sure love to go to Italy!


2. Guitar lessons! My lil’ brother got me this guitar for Christmas. It rarely sees any action. I can paw at it like a cave girl, but the sound it emits frightens the cat.

3. Making out with C. Bale. Just kidding! Kinda…

4. Blogging from Paris, Milan and Tokyo Fashion Weeks, all in one year!

5. Riding as a passenger in a smokin’ fast jet, like the kind the Blue Angles fly! Fast cars and motorcycles don’t do it for me, but there’s something about fast jets…

6. Sleeping in every morning for an entire month. I’m sooo not joking, yo.

7. Watercolor painting.

8. Not doing anything productive at all on the weekends.

9. Sipping a warm cup of coffee on a NY rooftop at the crack of dawn, looking out across the city as it comes to life.

Do you have a list of things you’d like to try? Please share them in the comments. πŸ™‚

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  1. Megan says:

    Great list as usual Karen!
    9 Things I would like to try
    1 – Taking a year or two off to join the peace corps or otherwise do service within the world.
    2 – Write a novel.
    3 – I’m so with you on sleeping in for an entire month….ahhh remember summer when you were in school? We didn’t know how good we had it!
    4 – Go to Cosmetology school or take classes to become an aestethician.
    5 – Actually go visit all the museums in DC like I say I’m going to do…seriously – I haven’t been to most of them since my 8th grade class trip. I walk by them though.
    6 – Spend a couple months travelling…to Greece, Italy, France…etc. etc.
    7 – Go to culinary school and actually become a chef…fo real…I would like to improve my knife skills.
    8 – Study more world religions, and gain a better understanding of them. This is just something i find interesting.
    9 – Hmmm…I can’t think of anything else…so I’m going with something that is not something I would like to try immediately…but more of a someday and that would be to get married and be a mom.

  2. Mimi says:


  3. Glosslizard says:

    1. Definitely travelling! Pretty much everywhere (…that has showers πŸ˜‰ )!

    2. Learning Japanese. I wanna watch original anime without subtitles!

    3. Staying in a super-luxe suite in a world class hotel! Just once!

    4. Regional cuisines (again, pretty much any cuisine) as prepared by someone who grew up cooking them.

    5. Hang gliding.

    6. Petting a cheetah.

    7. Performing improv comedy in front of an audience.

    Oooh, I’m running low now…

    8. Designing a perfume. It probably wouldn’t be very good, but I’d like to try!

    9. Interior designing! Could be fun! πŸ˜€

  4. Martha says:

    I’ve actually been sleeping in for almost the entire 5 years I’ve been working freelance–it’s heaven, I tell ya! On to the list:
    1. Spend a year in a Germany
    2. Spend a year in Spain
    3. Lately I’ve also thought about picking up a musical instrument and learning to play it–maybe a violin.
    4. Skydiving
    5. Learn to become (and get certified as) a nail tech
    6. Scuba dive in a kelp forest
    7. Be manager for a rock band
    8. Learn to fly aircrafts
    9. Be in a relationship with a man who is my soulmate

  5. Trisha says:

    1. Live in a foreign non-English speaking country for a year. Preferably Japan. Because then I can be immersed in a new culture and learn a new language much easier.

    2. Earn enough money to live comfortably. I’m not there yet, but soon.

    3. Fly first class. I’m just really not made for coach.

    4. Go to NYC. What’s wrong with me? How could I’ve never been there?

    5. Publish a novel…or two…or three. Or a million!

    6. Have a blog that is the most popular in its niche (makeup.)

    7. Get a big group of friends that I can hang out with everyday and do everything with.

    8. Fall in love and get married.

    9. Go on another cruise. And another.

    So, what’s stopping all of us? πŸ™‚

  6. Amanda says:

    1. be a stay at home mom (no kids yet, but I like to think about it)
    2. spelunking
    3. become a great photographer, especially using animals as “art”
    4. be one of those women who is always dressed to the 9s, really fashionable, perfect hair, etc
    5. own my own business
    6. live on a large farm/acreage that is almost off the “grid”….but still close enough to stuff that I can look fabulous and get my makeup fix
    7. sing and dance in a broadway musical….never mind that I am tone-deaf and uncoordinated, LOL. I’m always in awe of the performers on stage.
    8. living in Boston (yes, I realize this is very contradictory to #6. I have a wide range of ideas, haha)
    9. running low, so traveling out of the country. I *just* got my passport a couple weeks ago. I’ve never left the U.S. so I need to try a foreign vacation!

  7. Elle says:

    Awesome list, Karen.

    1. Staying with my best friend Amy in Vancouver for a year–this would be awesome and I doubt I’d be able to come home…

    2. Writing for a magazine

    3. Being able to tour either as a musician or just tagging along with other musicians on their tour (*cough* Michael Buble has an awesomely fun and hot band who are a riot *cough* πŸ˜‰ )

    4. Making out with Ewan McGregor. And perhaps throwing James McAvoy in there. And Gael Garcia Bernal. And Javier Bardem. And C Bale. (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

    5. Living in NYC for a year. I love that city…

    6. Being in Alan Cumming’s entourage. Seriously, he just seems like such an awesome person to hang with.

    7. Having many lazy Sundays with nothing to do but make a nice leisurely breakfast. With Ewan McGregor. (Can’t let that one go, can I?)

    8. Taking motorcycle lessons.

    9. Swimming with dolphins. Sounds cliche, but I really want to do it.

  8. tali says:

    1. Write a book

    2. See a fairy because i weirdly blieve in them

    3. Get married in Croatia (lol TRY finding a venue and date when ther is no tempremental weather!)

    4. Try to be more quiet for a week to see what others are saying

    5. To try that thing where your attached to a boat in a parachuity thing in the air

    6. Try reindeer meat

    7. Try to not tell any lies for 1 week and to not care about the consequences

    8. Try to have a girls holiday as ive never had one

    9. Try not to throw things at my boyfriend and to be more understanding.. indeffinately

  9. Louise Gray says:

    Dear Girl,
    I hope that all of your dreams that you listed come true.

    Here are a few things that I would like to try. . . .

    1. Sipping champagne with Monsieur Karl Lagerfeld in Paris

    2. Playing the tambourine with Paul McCartney and his band

    3. Taking a vegetarian cooking lesson from Jamie Oliver or from Gordon Ramsey

    4. Riding upon or stroking an elephant

    5. Speaking with the Dalai Lama

    6. Trading in my silver Beetle and riding a pink Vespa

    7. Making my own perfume

    8. Going to my grandmother’s homeland Slovenia and visiting the site of the apparitions at Medjugorje.

    A lot of goals. I would be happy if one of them actually came to pass. Louise

  10. Rowena says:

    Karen – I will worship you forever for that Haiku to Bale

  11. Caro says:

    Karen: Wow! your list definitey left me thinking… So, I’d like to try…

    1.- Spending a whole year traveling around the world, while I get the chance to go to every music festival I can attend.

    2.- Learning how to play the drums or an electric guitar.

    3.- Spnding a whole day with Michael Phelps, and getting the chance to see him training, eating (I’ve read the amount of food he eats…), taking a shower (mmm…) and well, to see if he kicks or talks on his sleep.

    4.- Living in a city that is safe and non violent. I live in Mexico City, and it’s not as bad as they portray it… but I would like to be free to go out on my own without worrying at all.

    5.- Earning enough money to live comfortably.

    6.- Collecting a massive account of pop art/retro/funny objects to decorate my place.

    7.- Being able to hang out with Homer Simpson, and learing everything about his life philosophy.

    8.- Working as an assistant to Karl Lagerfield or Todd Oldham, even if they’re crazy.

  12. Alyssa says:

    Karen, how I love these!

    1) Learn how to surf!

    2) Make Thai food. Just thinking about Pad Thai is making my stomach grumble πŸ™‚

    3) Write a book.

    4) Kiss a stranger (being drunk out at a bar and/or college party does not count. I’m talking purely sober chemistry.)

    5) Go a day without criticizing myself.

    6) To be a little more laid back…it’s not the end of the world if I can’t work out every single day. Geeze!

    7) To live purely in the present moment.

    8) To ask for help more often…vulnerability can be such a wonderful thing.

    9) To marry a foreign man with an incredibly sexy accent πŸ™‚

  13. Lehea says:

    My 9 things I’d like to try….

    1. Breakdancing. Ya know, poppin’ and lockin’ and all that good stuff. I tried isolations before, soooo hard! Takes alot of practice. πŸ™

    2. Live in Hawaii for a year. Yeah, I love it that much.

    3. Learn to play the drums.

    4. Practice scratching/missing on the turntables. I have some guy friends who DJ and they let me try it once. I was terrible! Haha! I’d like to improve on that.

    5. Cook dinner for my family for once.

    6. Finally learn how to cook adobo from my mom. She says it’s one of the easiest things to make, but I’m sooo lazy that I don’t stick around to actually watch her make it.

    7. Visit the Mall of America.

    8. Two words – Bartending School πŸ˜€

    9. Meet a guy who’s actually on the same page as I am in life. A girl can dream right? *sigh*

  14. Lehea says:

    Correction on my #4. I meant scratching/mixing on the turntables. The heat’s getting to me. Haha!

  15. katy says:

    1. To quit my job, and work for myself.

    2. To spend more time with my family.

    3. Explore more ghost towns with my boyfriend.

    4. To write, every day.

    5. Sticking to my Yoga class this time around.

    6. Stop alternately hating/tolerating my body.

    7. Adopt a cat, dog, both – or many.

    8. Go on a cruise to Alaska.

    9. Meet Paris Hilton, Mary-Katy & Ashley Olsen, Beyonce, and Britney Spears, so that I can verify how crazy they all are in real life.

  16. Brittany says:

    I love your lists.

    1. Figure out how to find a career I love and be relatively successful.
    2. Being more open to eating random food, like sushi. I want to, but I just can’t do it!
    3. Travel, extensively..India, Kenya, Brazil, Greece..Oh, the places I wanna go, haha.
    4. Figure out how to cook all those awesome things that my mom can do and I cannot πŸ˜›
    5. Start a record collection
    6. Being a makeup artist for a day for a big company like MAC. That would be seriously awesome.
    7. Successfully complete grad school.
    8. Live near the beach
    9. Throw a dinner party for my best friends and make everyone dress up and serve “fancy” food.

  17. Lea says:

    How fun reading all of your 9 things. I’d like to give it a try as these things are always in my head, never in writing…

    1. Get married and have kids
    2. Work part time and get a Masters Degree
    3. Be someone famous’ personal assistant/shopper
    4. Be an olympian or just do one marathon in my life
    5. Live one week with the Dalai Lama or Oprah
    6. Travel the world (is that too much to ask?)
    7. Go U.S. cross-country in a fancy RV with personal driver
    8. Write one best-seller book or one hit song
    9. Win the lotto and build a charity hospital for kids

  18. Lilan says:

    Lovin’ the list today! Here are a few of mine, in no particular order:

    – eat cheeses from every country in the world
    – skydive in a really scenic area (last time I went it was in Lodi, CA and there’s not much to see)
    – join a gastronomy club and try new things I wouldn’t normally eat or even think of eating
    – try to find out more my family roots and who my ancestors are
    – learn out to cook authentic Vietnamese food
    – keep up with updating my ipod
    – travel, travel, travel!

    I think that’s it for now πŸ˜‰

    Lilans last blog post..My Quest for Bombshell Brows

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Megan!

    I really like writing the lists, and then reading what everybody puts up. I feel like it’s a good way for us to get to know each other!

    Funny, I was thinking of summer vacation days when I wrote about sleeping in. I miss days when I could just wake up whenever I wanted and do whatever I want. LOL, and when I didn’t have to pay bills.

    Hope you’re having a good one. I’m so ready for Friday.

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Mimi,

    That’s so great for your friend. It sounds like a trip of the lifetime. πŸ™‚

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    LOL, so, I totally want to pet a cheetah, too. I keep trying to convince El Hub that we need another cat…

    I’d like to learn how to speak Japanese, just so that I could order the best stuff at sushi restaurants. πŸ™‚

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Martha,

    Nice! I am so jealous. I hope to sleep in a lil bit this weekend. It sounds lame, but I’m really looking forward to it.

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Trisha,

    I hope you make it to NYC. I’ve been there just once and it was all I needed to be addicted to it.

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    What do you love about Boston? I’ve never been there myself but would like to go someday.

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Elle,

    I swam with a dolphin last year! I got to hold onto his fin he pulled me along for a bit. πŸ™‚ I hope you get to swim with them someday…

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Louise Gray,

    I hope all of your dreams come true, too. πŸ™‚

    Tell me about the apparitions at Medjurgorje. I am so curious…

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Rowena,

    LOLOL! Thanks! Sometimes I can’t help but be moved by the power of poetry when it comes to C. Bale. πŸ˜‰

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Caro,

    I would want to hang with Michael Phelps, too. I wonder if he’d share his dessert with me, or if he’d be a food hog.

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Alyssa,

    Glad you like ’em. Aren’t they fun? I feel like we really get to know each other.

    Oh goodness, I’d love to learn how to make some killer vegetable Pad Thai. *grumble*

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Lehea,

    You’ll meet him! πŸ™‚ Timing is an amazing thing; it seems to be one of those secret relationship ingredients, ya know?

    Maybe you’ll meet him while your on your path to become DJ Lehea!

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Katy,

    What ghost towns have you and your sweetie explored? Sounds like fun!

    Paris Hilton was actually really nice in person. I didn’t know what to expect when I met her a few months ago but she was okay.

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Brittany,

    πŸ™‚ Wait… girl, you’ve never had sushi? It’s so great! I hope you try it someday. I could seriously live off of it.

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Lea,

    Yay, thanks for sharing your list. πŸ™‚ I hope to do a marathon some day, too.

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Lilan,

    LOL, your first goal totally reminded me of my friend who also loves cheese. How do you feel about stinky cheese? It’s my favorite.

  35. Glosslizard says:

    Hmmm, if you get that other cat….

    Now that’s a great reason to learn Japanese that I’d never even considered! Maybe we can take lessons and then practice on each other! πŸ™‚

  36. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    I fear that second cat will be my “gateway” cat. πŸ™‚

  37. Lilan says:

    Oh goodness, I LOVE stinky cheese – the stinkier the better, I say! I just bought some yummy roquefort on Saturday and nearly devoured the whole thing πŸ˜‰

    Lilans last blog post..Shimmering Nudes from Bobbi Brown

  38. Lipglossme says:

    Karen that was such a great list. Happy belated second anniversary to you guys. That Haiku to C. Bale moved me to tears. You go girl for keeping within the 5-7-5 syllable haiku rule! IÒ€ℒve read a few haikus before and they never stay within the 5-7-5 syllable rule.

  39. Karen says:

    Thanks Lipgloss me! πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a good Friday so far. Got any exciting plans for the weekend?

  40. Karen says:

    Hi Lilan,

    Me too! Stinky + blue veins = cheese heaven. πŸ™‚

  41. Dao says:

    Oh man, I’m a sucker for this list thing thanks to you. You’re like a therapist with makeup talk πŸ˜€

    9 things I would like to try:

    1. Eat food from different countries: I’m not a picky eater and can tolerate spices. I also love to eat!
    2. Date someone who is kind and understanding
    3. Play with different brands of makeup and different styles
    4. Relax a little bit
    5. Know more about myself
    6. Learn how to swim: I actually know how to swim but can’t get to the deep end.
    7. Learn to speak Chinese: it’s the only language I tried to learn more than 3 times
    8. Be more outdoorsy πŸ™‚
    9. Appreciate what I have

    Daos last blog post..Maybelline Colossall Volum’ Express vs. Cover Girl LashBlast: Mascara Drama!

  42. Kelly says:

    First of all, let me say that I hope we all get to do what we’ve written some day.

    1. To shoot my screenplay.
    2. To live in another country where I would be forced to learn the language (preferably France or Spain).
    3. To paint well enough in the Pre-Raphealite style to decorate my apartment with my own works.
    4. To be a make-up artist.
    5. To learn how to ballroom dance. Having that kind of grace and agility must be wonderful, esp. to a woman who continually walks into walls!
    6. To learn how to sing well enough that dogs don’t run to my front door when I open my mouth.
    7. To fall in love without worrying about the future.
    8. To live an entire day with a smile on my face and not thinking about anything that worries me.
    9. To be healthy in my eating and exercise for at least one month…long enough that it becomes a true habit.

  43. cloudburst says:

    OMG I loved the haiku – a sentiment I share with you πŸ™‚ Ha!

  44. Kiana says:

    Wow…you guys have such wonderful things…I’m kinda intimidated. Just Kidding…9 things I’d like to do.

    1. Become a musician and an actress….I guess that’s in progress.

    2. Move to Toronto..or atleast visit for a year.

    3. Have a worldwind romance with Justin Nozuka…that boy is a grade-A goodness!!!

    4. Live life to the fullest from this day on.

    5. Watch the sunrise with the one I love ( Hopefully that’s Justin.)

    6. Do ever single extreme sport known to man and not die.

    7. Do a World-wide tour with me myself and my band.

    8. Buy every single MAC collection there is.

    9. Change someone’s life for the better.

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